DAVAO CITY – More than 100 families were affected by floodings in most parts of this city due to heavy rains on Saturday night.
Heavy traffic was also experienced and motorists were rerouted due to unpassable roads.
In a phone interview on Sunday, Alfredo Baloran, chief of the City Disaster Risk and Reduction Management Office (CDRRMO), said up to 112 families were affected by street floods and were forced to evacuate to higher grounds.
Those families were residing in Kilometer 5 in Matina crossing, along the highway, Matina Aplaya fronting Barangay hall, Purok 3 in front of Susana homes in Barangay Baliok, Bacanaya village in Catalunan Pequeño, Gold land subdivision in Bago Gallera, Countryside Village, Lavista Monte in Diversion road, Tulip drive, Spring Valley in Buhangin, New Argao, Datu Luho in Brgy Maa and along the highway, infront of Victoria Plaza and Quirino avenue.
Baloran said there was also a reported minor landslide along Diversion road but was cleared already and collapsed structures (cemented fence) in Barangay 10-9 in Upper Ledesma in Marfori and along Mercury in GSIS, Matina.
He also confirmed there was a house that collapsed in Bugak Maa. “That is why we have rescued those families living there because there way was blocked and they are living near the river so we have ensured to rescue two families to prevent them from being trapped when Davao river water levels rises,” he added.
A preemptive evacuation was conducted in Barangay Maa but on Sunday morning they have already returned to their homes, Baluran said.
He added a shanty located near the creek was damaged when the water rose to high level. They were evacuated to the Baranagy Hall in Maa.
As of this writing, he said all streets in the city are passable and clearing operations were already conducted.
Baloran, further said that Barangay Disaster Risk and Reduction Management Center (BDRRMC) teams were already instructed for a continuous monitoring in their areas of responsibility saying even though it’s dry season, La Niña season can be experienced until end of the year.
He reminded those residents living near rivers and landslide prone areas to be alert and vigilant especially this rainy season.
“We are constantly reminding them since the rain is continuous almost every night it is raining so they are living in dangerous areas prone to landslide so what they can do they should volunteer to stay in safe areas especially those living near rivers and creeks,” he further said.
In other parts of the region, motorists and personnel of the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office in President Roxas, Cotabato worked together to evacuate some residents after large rocks fell and scattered on roads including fallen trees due to a landslide that hit Barangay Greenhills in Cotabato province.
Roadblocks were quickly cleared allowing motorists to use the roads.